July 5, 2010 12:02:31 am
Indias Leander Paes and Cara Black of Zimbabwe beat South African Wesley Moodie and Lisa Raymond of the US 6-4,7-6 (5) to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles title here on Sunday.
With this victory,Paes surpassed his one-time doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi in winning the most Grand Slam titles by an Indian. Paes now has six doubles and six mixed-doubles titles. Bhupathi has 11 Grand Slam titles four doubles and seven mixed doubles titles.
Paes and Black began slowly,losing their first service game in the first set,but then slowly fought their way back to take the first set 6-4. They took 37 minutes to win the first set that saw five breaks of serve. It was a close fight in the second set,but Paes and Black held their nerves. Trailing 4-2 in the tie-breaker,they then won five of the next six points to close out the win. Paes sealed the victory with a volley at the net in the tie-break to finish the match in nearly two hours.
Paes and Black were the runners-up here last year. This was their third Grand Slam title together. They had earlier won the 2008 US Open and the 2010 Australian Open.
The finalists have a slew of Wimbledon doubles titles between them. Paes,37,won the 1999 (with Lisa Raymond) and 2003 (with Martina Navratilova) mixed titles,and the 1999 mens doubles (with Bhupathi). Black has won three Wimbledon ladies doubles titles and one mixed doubles title.
Paes and Black have reached five Grand Slam finals winning three titles in two years. Paes and Navratilova notched up two titles in four Grand Slam finals. In the 2010 Australian Open,Paes partnering Black,outplayed Russias Ekaterina Makarova and Czech Jaroslav Levinsky.
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